YMMV: The Alan Parsons Project

  • Award Bait Song: At least one per album: "To One in Paradise", "Don't Let It Show" (from I Robot), "Day After Day", "The Eagle Will Rise Again", "If I Could Change Your Mind", "Time", "Old and Wise", "I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You" (from I Robot)...
  • Crowning Music of Awesome/Ear Worm:
    • "Sirius" is arguably the Crowning Music amongst NBA fans, due to its use by the Chicago Bulls as their player intro music. Even if you're not a Bulls fan, you do recognize the music. Say it with me now: "Aaaaaaaaaaand now... the starting lineup... for your CHICAGO BULLS!"
    • Among fans, there seems to be general consensus that if Lenny Zakatek is singing on a track, it usually means the song in question is going to be good. Commonly cited evidence includes "I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You" (from I Robot), "Games People Play" and "You Don't Believe".
    • Even some of their more obscure songs, such as "Can't Take it With You" and "La Sagrada Familia," are pretty epic.
  • Epic Riff: "(The System of) Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether."
    • Also, "You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned."
    • As for non-guitar riffs, "I Robot", "Psychobabble", and "Standing On Higher Ground".
  • Face of the Band: Somewhat understandably, the Alan Parsons Project is often referred to as Alan Parsons's 'solo' career despite the equal contribution of singer/songwriter/keyboardist/bloke who came up with all the ideas for the concept albums Eric Woolfson. A fact somewhat underlined by all of the albums following Woolfson's departure being released under the sole name of Alan Parsons.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: They're more popular in the United States than they are in their native United Kingdom.
  • Genius Bonus: Or rather, Well-Traveled Bonus. The escalators in the cover art for I Robot are those of Paris Charles DeGaulle Airport as it stood in the 1970s. (The escalators still exist, but you won't necessarily see them if you go through CDG; they're part of Terminal 1, which used to be the whole airport but is now something of a backwater, only operating flights for airlines not connected to Air France. It's rather a weird experience, whether or not you've seen the I Robot cover art.)
  • Tear Jerker: "Shadow Of A Lonely Man", the last track on "Pyramid", is particularly... depressing.
    • "Don't Let it Show" from I Robot, natch.
    • Subverted with the song "Old And Wise", which can be this, but according to Eric Woolfson it's supposed to be an uplifting song.